Justice for Alex Nieto, Justice for Mario Woods

Losing a child is one of the most difficult things that could happen to a parent.  Finding out that one’s child was murdered unjustifiably by the very people who have sworn to serve and protect the community is unthinkable for most.  For San Francisco’s Gwen Woods and Elvira and Refugio Nieto, it is a cold reality.  Both of their young sons were gunned down in a barrage of bullets by the San Francisco Police Department. City College criminal justice student Alex Nieto was sitting in Bernal Hill Park near the house he grew up in.  He was eating a burrito before …

Shamalapur

Midway between the resort town of Cox’s Bazaar and Teknaf in southeastern Bangladesh lies Shamalapur.  Near the picturesque shores of the Bay of Bengal there are roughly 25,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar living in a forest with no aid from the outside world.  A small portion of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh are registered and living in one of two official camps, Nayapara or Kutupalong.  A larger percentage of Rohingya are living in makeshift camps like Shamalapur.  Some have lived here for decades.  Some came after outbreaks of violence in Myanmar left their homes and businesses destroyed …

Leda Health Clinic

In 2008,  U.K. based NGO Muslim Aid began working with Rohingya refugees in Teknaf Upazila in the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh.  Over the years the organization has operated in three locations, most recently in Leda makeshift camp just outside the city of Teknaf.  There primary focus has been running a health clinic to help sick refugees, to help provide clean drinking water and to in many ways run the camp.  Leda is an unofficial refugee camp, despite the tens of thousands of people living there in squalid conditions.  No aid is coming in from the Bangladesh government or the UNHCR. …

Leda

Written by:  Anar Ahammed (originally from Buthidaung Township.  Rakhine State, Myanmar) On my first day at Leda, it was quite strange and unusual as it was the first day of my life at a refugee camp. At day time I wondered around the camp and looked around the temporary teaching institutes and then I was introduced with different level people like teachers, religious teachers, camp’s authority, and elderly people of the camp. I found that most of the its residents were uneducated, men were strolling without doing anything, youths were passing the times gossip in a shop, many families were going through starvation, …

Kutupalong

Western Myanmar’s Rohingya, native to what is now known as Rakhine State are a Muslim minority who officially became stateless in Myanmar under the Burmese Citizenship Law enacted in 1982.  The Rohingya were not considered as an indigenous race of the country known to the world as Burma or Myanmar.  They are considered by the UN to be the most persecuted group of people in the world.  Without citizenship in the land of their birth, the Rohingya have been the victims of just about every atrocity known to man.  Land confiscation, forced labor, rape, torture, child birth limitations, systematic murder and …

Teknaf

At the Southeast tip of the Cox’s Bazaar District of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Division lies the town of Teknaf.  The area is known as a smuggling town.  Yaba (meth), alcohol and humans make their way into Bangladesh illegally through the region.  With it’s proximity to the Bay of Bengal and the Myanmar border, there are many opportunities for goods and people to come and go.  The Naf River divides Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State, home to the highly persecuted stateless Muslim minority the Rohingya.  Over the last several decades hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled their home country, crossed …